3 countries visited – Singapore, New Zealand, Australia (4 if you count the stopover in Dubai on the way back)
Duration – 52 days away
Distance travelled – more than 35,000 miles (excluding separate excursions):
12,000 London/Singapore/Christchurch by air
2,500 in New Zealand by road
9,500 by air/road/train in Australia
11,300 Sydney/Dubai/London by air
Stayed in – 19 hotels, The Ghan and Milford Mariner
Trains – Taeri Gorge Railway in Dunedin, Kuranda Scenic Railway and The GhanBoats – Milford Mariner, TSS Earnslaw, ferry across Cook Strait, Bay of Islands, ferry from Russell to Paihia, ferry from Auckland to Devonport, ferry from Elizabeth Quay to Claisebrook Cove in Perth, Scenic cruise from Fremantle to Perth, ferry to & from Kangaroo Island, two boats in the Katherine GorgesCatamaran to the Great Barrier Reef & back, Sydney Harbour Cruise, ferry to Manly and back.
Planes – 13 flights (6 in Business Class) + helicopter flight at Franz JosefAerial walkways/gondolas – Queenstown, KurandaThanks to my fellow travellers for their company, friendship and fun.
To those who travelled the whole distance:
Anne, Maggie & Graham, Terry & Dave, Lesley & Dave, Maxine & Andy, Sue & Steve, Joyce & Georgina, Nic & Paul, Jennifer & Jeanie, Lynn & Richard (20 of us, including me)
To those who were with us in NZ only:
Donal, Sarah & Jane, Nikki & John, Donna & Chris, Maggie & Andy, Sondra & Patricia, Marian & Jo, Dingle & Lee, Bev & John, Dave & Sharon (19 people)
And those who joined us in Oz:
Jenny & Andrew, Jenny & Andy, Debbie & John, Bridget, Diane & Ash, Helen & Alan, Pauline & Rick, Ali & Kash, Nikki & Bernie, Chris & Steve, Kate & Mike (21 people)
Guides – Alan (NZ), Trevor (Hawke’s Bay Wine Tour), Wes (Cape Reinga Tour), James (Oz), Dick (Kangaroo Island), Russell (Barossa Valley Wine Tour), John (Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, Uluru), Ash (West MacDonnell Ranges), Dane (Blue Mountains).
A fab trip!